American and British Radio Facility Charts (RAFAC): What are RAFACs and what do they contain?

American and British Radio Facility Charts (RAFAC): What are RAFACs and what do they contain?

August 19, 2020

The Radio Facility Charts - RAFAC as issued by the US - Air Force for flight operations of the allied occupation forces as of May 1945 constitute air navigation radio facilities for the preparation and conduct of flights; limited to the facilities of the Army Air Communication Service - ACS/AACS as operated by the US Army Air Force - USAAF in the Europe, Africa & Middle East region. RAFACs are a never ending source of information on the then existing air navigation facilities at the end of WW II. Who still knows that during the Berlin Airlift GCA final approach radar units were used, which, were already in use in 1945; and where their location was? The RAFACs contain this information, and furthermore, which air navigation services units already provided air traffic services and especially so air traffic control service - ATC with flight movement control and separation. Hanau and (Paris) Orly Army Airways units belonged here.

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Handbook on the Italian Military Forces in World War II

Handbook on the Italian Military Forces in World War II

June 11, 2020

The purpose of the handbook on the Italian Military Forces in World War II is to give United States military personnel a better understanding of the principal characteristics of the Italian Army. No attempt has been made to give complete details of any subject discussed in this handbook, a balanced, general picture of the Italian Army being considered of paramount importance. More detailed information regarding individual units, campaign, and commanders is provided in a special study of the Order of Battle of the Italian Army. On the other hand, Fascist as well as military elements are set forth.

The effects of 20 years of Fascist organization of the social, industrial, and economic structure of Italy cannot be expected to disappear at once with the dissolution of the Party. A considerable part of the Italian armed forces bears the stamp of Fascist education and training. It is therefore imperative, regardless of recent events, that the Fascist Militia and its component services, which for so long have dominated the life of the Italian people, be given an integral place in the text. A discussion of the Italian Air Force is included in this handbook. You can download this rare documentation, for free.

Handbook on the Italian Military Forces in World War II
Publisher: Military Intelligence Service
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Aviation History before the Secord World War: Discover jet aircraft, long-distance flights, airlines, airships, aerobatics and air sports in 1938 when Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production

June 9, 2020

In the period before the Second World War from 1931 to 1939, the development of jet engines and jet aircraft began. Long-distance flights, new commercial airlines and larger airships soon followed. Furthermore, the 1930’s were characterised by a war economy or wartime economy. Particularly Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production. Often aerobatics and air sports were misused to support the military aviation.

Discover the development in aviation by reading and researching in authentic, contemporary reports, which has been published in the German magazine “Flugsport”. There are hundreds of articles containing pictures of aircraft types, technical data and reports about gliding, soaring, ballooning, airships, aeromodelling, helicopters, rotorcraft, powered aircraft and much more. Unfortunately, the magazine was published in the German language. But by using a free online translation service, for example “Google Translator” or “Bing Translator” or “Yandex Translator”, you can read these reports in your language. On this website you can read all issues of 1938, for free.

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Aviation History before the Secord World War: Discover jet aircraft, long-distance flights, airlines, airships, aerobatics and air sports in 1937 when Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production

June 9, 2020

In the period before the Second World War from 1931 to 1939, the development of jet engines and jet aircraft began. Long-distance flights, new commercial airlines and larger airships soon followed. Furthermore, the 1930’s were characterised by a war economy or wartime economy. Particularly Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production. Often aerobatics and air sports were misused to support the military aviation.

Discover the development in aviation by reading and researching in authentic, contemporary reports, which has been published in the German magazine “Flugsport”. There are hundreds of articles containing pictures of aircraft types, technical data and reports about gliding, soaring, ballooning, airships, aeromodelling, helicopters, rotorcraft, powered aircraft and much more. Unfortunately, the magazine was published in the German language. But by using a free online translation service, for example “Google Translator” or “Bing Translator” or “Yandex Translator”, you can read these reports in your language. On this website you can read all issues of 1937, for free.

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Aviation History before the Secord World War: Discover jet aircraft, long-distance flights, airlines, airships, aerobatics and air sports in 1936 when Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production

June 9, 2020

In the period before the Second World War from 1931 to 1939, the development of jet engines and jet aircraft began. Long-distance flights, new commercial airlines and larger airships soon followed. Furthermore, the 1930’s were characterised by a war economy or wartime economy. Particularly Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production. Often aerobatics and air sports were misused to support the military aviation.

Discover the development in aviation by reading and researching in authentic, contemporary reports, which has been published in the German magazine “Flugsport”. There are hundreds of articles containing pictures of aircraft types, technical data and reports about gliding, soaring, ballooning, airships, aeromodelling, helicopters, rotorcraft, powered aircraft and much more. Unfortunately, the magazine was published in the German language. But by using a free online translation service, for example “Google Translator” or “Bing Translator” or “Yandex Translator”, you can read these reports in your language. On this website you can read all issues of 1936, for free.

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Aviation History before the Secord World War: Discover jet aircraft, long-distance flights, airlines, airships, aerobatics and air sports in 1935 when Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production

June 9, 2020

In the period before the Second World War from 1931 to 1939, the development of jet engines and jet aircraft began. Long-distance flights, new commercial airlines and larger airships soon followed. Furthermore, the 1930’s were characterised by a war economy or wartime economy. Particularly Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production. Often aerobatics and air sports were misused to support the military aviation.

Discover the development in aviation by reading and researching in authentic, contemporary reports, which has been published in the German magazine “Flugsport”. There are hundreds of articles containing pictures of aircraft types, technical data and reports about gliding, soaring, ballooning, airships, aeromodelling, helicopters, rotorcraft, powered aircraft and much more. Unfortunately, the magazine was published in the German language. But by using a free online translation service, for example “Google Translator” or “Bing Translator” or “Yandex Translator”, you can read these reports in your language. On this website you can read all issues of 1935, for free.

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Aviation History before the Secord World War: Discover jet aircraft, long-distance flights, airlines, airships, aerobatics and air sports in 1934 when Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production

June 9, 2020

In the period before the Second World War from 1931 to 1939, the development of jet engines and jet aircraft began. Long-distance flights, new commercial airlines and larger airships soon followed. Furthermore, the 1930’s were characterised by a war economy or wartime economy. Particularly Nazi Germany (Third Reich) mobilized its society and economy for war production. Often aerobatics and air sports were misused to support the military aviation.

Discover the development in aviation by reading and researching in authentic, contemporary reports, which has been published in the German magazine “Flugsport”. There are hundreds of articles containing pictures of aircraft types, technical data and reports about gliding, soaring, ballooning, airships, aeromodelling, helicopters, rotorcraft, powered aircraft and much more. Unfortunately, the magazine was published in the German language. But by using a free online translation service, for example “Google Translator” or “Bing Translator” or “Yandex Translator”, you can read these reports in your language. On this website you can read all issues of 1934, for free.

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